Blasdel A. Reardon,
a civil engineer and former contractor, was involved in the engineering and
management of industrial and commercial construction for forty years. Building
upon this experience, in 2001 he became one of the founding partners of
BostonSolv LLP, where he specializes in construction mediation, facilitation,
and Dispute Review Board assignments.
Construction and Dispute Resolution
In my third career, my passion is to keep
constructors (owners, developers, designers, contractors, and other
stakeholders) out of court. I previously spent twenty-one years developing
computer systems for newly constructed steel mill facilities and nineteen more
as a commercial and industrial subcontractor. During that time, I was involved
in—and contributed to—many intractable conflicts, some of which blossomed into
This work allowed me to achieve a civil engineer’s dream: creating public and
private spaces for life’s necessities. I traveled extensively to steel plants
and then undertook a variety of construction projects, including high-rise
buildings, power plants, hospitals, apartment/condo complexes, pharmaceutical
facilities, food storage facilities, academic buildings, convention centers, and
water and sewage treatment facilities.
As I fulfilled various engineering and management positions, I took a handson
approach that combined my engineering and business school training. The most
memorable projects were those where the new steel facility or building or
infrastructure project was created with a team attitude and approach. Surely
there were misunderstandings and conflicts, but when these were approached
constructively rather than obstinately, we all were prouder of the result. Some
of these more memorable projects were:
|Armco Project 600 (a $600 million facility),
Middletown, OH, 1964–68
Armco Worldwide Telecommunications Network, 1970–72
Huntington Center (37 stories), Columbus, OH, 1983
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, 1985–89
Faneuil Hall/Old State House Renovations, Boston 1991
Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Facility, Boston, 1991–95
Harvard University Dorm Renovations, Cambridge, MA, 1992–96
Union College Library, Schenectady, NY, 1993
Pfizer Chemical Company, Groton, CT, 1993–97
Moakley Federal Courthouse, Boston 1994–98
Stew Leonard’s Food Facility, Yonkers, NY, 1998
Christian Book Publishing Co., Danvers, MA, 2000
Each of these undertakings presented
extreme constraints, such as safety, schedules, business interruption, financial
budgets, technical construction means and methods, labor relations, access,
traffic control, neighbor relations, historic consideration, security, and
aesthetics. But each project was a success for those involved. From strictly a
construction specialty point of view, my contributions ranged from information
system design and structural steel design, to managing and executing sub-trades
such as insulation, fire containment, curtain wall construction, dry-wall, low
temperature containment, and carpentry.
With this experience in seeing how some projects met expectations, and how
others fell short, I entered the field of construction dispute avoidance and
resolution in 2000. First came formal education, followed by six years of
court-assigned mediation and conciliation cases to achieve recognition in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Along the way, in collaboration with three
partners, I launched a firm, BostonSolv LLP, to provide training, partnering,
dispute review board, facilitation and mediation services to the real estate and
In the past six years, I have been instrumental in the resolution of matters
ranging from $50,000 to nearly $20 million in such specialties as miscellaneous
metals, plumbing, millwork, carpentry, code compliance, worker’s compensation,
masonry, and transmission lines. Meanwhile, in contrast to dispute resolution
through self determination, the Massachusetts Bar Association appointed me a
non-lawyer arbitrator for its fee resolution panel in 2002, another role from
which I have benefited greatly.
The resume that follows provides a chronology of my professional achievements
and related experiences and awards.
|2001 – present
Principal, BostonSolv LLP, a
dispute prevention and mediation firm focusing on dispute resolution
for commercial and industrial construction projects.
|2001 – present
Mediator: Mediated about 45
construction disputes, ranging from $50,000 to $2 million and
involving as many as four parties. Subjects have covered many facets
of construction, including miscellaneous metals, mechanical
supports, millwork, soil conditions, foundations, worker’s
compensation, overhead doors, electrical systems, schedule delays,
adherence to designer specifications, water wells, drywall and
interior construction, insulation and fire containment, change
orders, and general conditions.
|2005 – present
1993 – 1996
Dispute Review Board
member: Provided oversight for dispute avoidance and resolution
to owners and contractors on such major construction projects as
Boston Federal Courthouse and NSTAR 345kV electric transmission
lines. Served as Panelist on one board and as Independent Neutral on
|2001 – present
19 fee disputes between attorneys and clients as member of
Massachusetts Bar Association Legal Fee Arbitration Board.
|2003 – 2006
Assisted in settling approximately 140 out of 180 civil-commercial
cases in Wrentham District Court, Wrentham, Mass.
||International Federation of
Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) training.
||Caltrans dispute review board
||American Arbitration Association,
||Completed requirements to serve
as mediator in Massachusetts in accordance with MGL Chapter 233
||Mediation Works Inc., basic
|1999 – 2000
||Dispute Review Board Foundation,
administration and chairing workshops.
|1999 – 2000
||Harvard Law School, Program on
||MS, Industrial Administration,
Carnegie Mellon University.
Engineering, University of Notre Dame.
1981 – 2001
Headed two subcontracting
firms, most recently A.F. Underhill Inc., Boston. Specialties
included thermal, acoustical, and fire-containment insulation;
exterior wall construction; dry wall; and specifications analysis
for all types of building construction. Represented company as
plaintiff, petitioner, and respondent in construction arbitration,
workmen’s compensation, labor jurisdiction, and general liability
Held various engineering and
management positions with Armco Steel Corp. (now known as AK Steel).
||“A Dynamic Decade
for the Construction Industry,” High-Profile Monthly, November 2007.
||“The Promise of
Partnering,” High-Profile Monthly, November 2002.
Arbitration: Choosing the Right Process,” High-Profile Monthly,
||“Out of the
Jungle: A Better Approach to Construction Industry Disputes,”
High-Profile Monthly, June 2002.
Boards — Mistaken Identity,” Grynbaum's Mediation Update newsletter,
November 15, 2000.
||A Guide for
Procuring Public Construction in Massachusetts (coauthor), 1996.
Lecturer on fire containment,
building insulation, curtain-wall construction,
controlled-temperature construction, and dispute resolution to
|2003 – present
||Boston Society of Architects
|2001 – present
||Association for Conflict
|2000 – present
||Dispute Resolution Board
|2000 – 2004
||Awarding Authority for a
Massachusetts public project
|1998 – present
|1993 – present
||Associated General Contractors of
||Mentor for two minority
|1990 – present
||Massachusetts Building Congress
||Appeared before National Labor
Relations Board for several
Assisted President Carter’s
initiative to reorganize the executive branch, focusing on computers
and communications, through executive loan program